After an excellent NCAA season from senior point guard Shabazz Napier that was capped off by winning a national championship, Napier is now shaping his sights onto the NBA. As the NBA Draft slowly approaches, one place the 2013-14 NCAA’s Most Outstanding Player he wouldn’t mind playing is with former college teammate in Charlotte.
Napier was a freshman on the 2010-11 Connecticut team Walker led to the national championship. Napier duplicated Walker’s feat in March, leading the Huskies to another NCAA title.
The two have stayed tight: When the Bobcats had a day off in April before a road game in Boston, Walker traveled to Connecticut’s campus to hang out with Napier. Now the Bobcats need a backup point guard and are drafting 24th overall in June – a spot where Napier could still be available.
“That would be cool,” Napier said of the prospect of a reunion with Walker. “Fun and ironic.”
via UConn’s Shabazz Napier all for a Charlotte reunion with Kemba Walker | Charlotte Observer
The Bobcats, or should I say the Hornets, could use another perimeter scorer of Napier’s talents. With Luke Ridnour an unrestricted free agent and Gary Neal more valuable playing the two-guard, Napier fits one for the teams needs. He lacks size, standing at 6-1, and isn’t known for his playmaking abilities, but he showed a lot of poise during March Madness and that’s a trait that could take a player a long way at the point guard.
With their initial pick going to the Detroit Pistons, the Hornets hold the 24th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft thanks to a trade with the Portland Trail Blazers from 2011, the Gerald Wallace trade to be exact. Leaving the first round would be a solid get for the Hornets, but depending on whose left on the board and which holes they choose to field, they may choose to go elsewhere.